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Hilo, HI
A 34-year-old female asked:

when you have a fever is it okay to sleep with a fan on?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jane Eason
Infectious Disease 33 years experience
Fever and a fan: Yes, there is no problem using the fan if that makes you more comfortable. Perfectly fine.
Dr. K. Mujib Haque
Internal Medicine 24 years experience
Yes: Yes it is perfectly OK to have a fan on to cool down during a fever. Of course the cause of fevers must be diagnosed by a doctor and treatment should be started immediately.
Dr. Mitchell Kahn
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Not all fevers need to have immediate treatment. Most healthy adults without serious other symptoms like shortness or breath or severe headache who have not been in contact with someone with a serious contagious illness can wait a day or two to see if the fever goes away. Rushing to the doctor for a minor infection leads to the overuse of antibiotics which can be a much bigger risk than the fever.
Jul 7, 2014

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New York, NY
A 29-year-old female asked:

My fever rose 1.5 degrees Fahrenheit while sleeping under a wool blanket. It's 90 degrees today. Is this a false high or is my fever that high?

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Dr. Charles Gordon
Specializes in Adolescent Medicine
? Fever?: Why are you sleeping under a woolen blanket when the temperature is 90? Wear comfortable light clothing and then check your temp. Also different people run at different temps. 98.6 is an average number for a large sample. You may be above or below.

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